The Worst 1998-2004 A6 Problems

Busted Timing Chains

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Audi's EA888 2.0-liter engine has a history of tensioner problems in its timing chain. The loose chain is to blame for multiple occurances of catastrophic engine failure. Audi was forced to offer settlement offers, including an extended war…

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

By the Numbers

  1. 7 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 23 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  3. 32nd in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 39 eligible generations.